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MacRumors
Aug 27, 2013, 10:08 PM
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Parallels (http://www.parallels.com), the company behind popular virtualization software Parallels (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/), has launched a new iPad app and subscription service called Parallels Access (http://www.parallels.com/products/access/) that allows iPad and iPad mini users to remotely access and use their Mac or Windows apps on the device.With Parallels Access you can increase your productivity by accessing your computers and desktop applications from anywhere. You are able to access your professional business applications and get all your entertainment such as streaming video from your Mac or PC onto your iPad. And do it as though all your Windows and Mac applications were designed for your iPad.The app allows users to interact with their desktop apps in the same way they would interact with their iPad apps, with the full range of iPad gestures available for compatible apps. Parallels Access translates what would usually be mouse clicks and movements into iPad-friendly alternatives.

Users must download the free Parallels Access Desktop app to their computer of choice in addition to the app on the iPad. They can then access their desktop apps via the Sprinboard-like App Launcher and switch between apps in the iOS-like App Switcher. The apps are only available to use on the iPad in "full screen" mode.

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The app, though free, requires a subscription service and costs $79.99 a year per computer running a registered client. Parallels offers a free 14-day trial that allows users to test the app before purchasing.

Parallels Access (https://itunes.apple.com/app/parallels-access/id655527928#) is available for free for the iPad and iPad mini [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/app/parallels-access/id655527928#)]

Article Link: 'Parallels Access' Launches in App Store, Bringing Mac and Windows Access to the iPad (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/27/parallels-access-launches-in-app-store-bringing-mac-and-windows-access-to-the-ipad/)



ZacNicholson
Aug 27, 2013, 10:17 PM
oh yay! :rolleyes:

pedrotaquelim
Aug 27, 2013, 10:17 PM
This should be on the first page. It's great. (waiting to see how well desktop apps work in iPad only gestures).

sevimli
Aug 27, 2013, 10:19 PM
Just watched the video. Don't think it is any better than its alternatives. :cool:

teknikal90
Aug 27, 2013, 10:19 PM
Splashtop is a better deal

Amazing Iceman
Aug 27, 2013, 10:29 PM
Parallels presents Unparalleled Non-sense for your iPad

jav6454
Aug 27, 2013, 10:33 PM
This is a nice app. Good to know you can use your iDevice as a multitouch track pad...

CBJammin103
Aug 27, 2013, 10:41 PM
$79/year... whaa...? :confused:

I am not prepared to incur [large] recurring payments for a non-service (e.g. not like Dropbox, Pandora, etc.) application.

jonnysods
Aug 27, 2013, 10:44 PM
Um, no.

iZac
Aug 27, 2013, 10:44 PM
The subscription is obviously an anti piracy measure and to avoid a major sticker shock, but $80 a year is a rather steep. They could probably only justify $20 as a stand alone app, it's just the way the App Store market is.

On the flip side, the number of users pirating their other mac software, the pool of potential real customers is probably quite small and pushed them to this approach.

Lunchb0x8
Aug 27, 2013, 10:45 PM
So, the many free or cheap alternatives out there that do exactly the same aren't good enough?

Or are the guys behind this just banking on some windows-on-a-mac fanboys to be frothing over their brand so much that they will pay for this, and like oh so many gym memberships, forget to cancel it and pay for it forever while not actually using it?

KPOM
Aug 27, 2013, 11:04 PM
How is this different from the existing Parallels for iPhone and iPad?

Proji
Aug 27, 2013, 11:12 PM
Think i will stick to using LogMeIn as it is free and works extremely well ;)

mrgraff
Aug 27, 2013, 11:39 PM
And I will stick with TeamViewer, also free.

DragonJade
Aug 27, 2013, 11:49 PM
I'm a happy occasional user of PocketCloud.

HiRez
Aug 28, 2013, 12:40 AM
This is pretty cool but fairly expensive (including Parallels user-hostile per-computer policy, same as their desktop emulation).

The pinch zoom looks brutally slow and unresponsive, I would not have shown that in the video. Still, I guess competition is good.

IllmasterMath
Aug 28, 2013, 12:55 AM
How is this different from the existing Parallels for iPhone and iPad?

They removed the existing Parallels Mobile from the App Store and replaced it with Parallels Access. In the process, it went from a $5 app to an annually-recurring $80 subscription. I really, really loathe subscription models applied to software.

antonis
Aug 28, 2013, 01:06 AM
What is the difference with team viewer which is free (and also available for all platforms) ?

mcdspncr
Aug 28, 2013, 01:10 AM
Think i will stick to using LogMeIn as it is free and works extremely well ;)

Yeah, I'm not sure Parallels will be able to provide $80 of value over the already adequate alternatives on the market. Not to mention that by the time a year is up, whatever new features Parallels was offering, will likely have been added to alternatives like LogMeIn. The app market is changing too fast for me to want to jump into a one year/$80 contract, when who knows what the best app in this category will be in 12 months.

mrgraff
Aug 28, 2013, 01:24 AM
What is the difference with team viewer which is free (and also available for all platforms) ?

TeamViewer, and the others, serve as a remote viewer and virtual keyboard & mouse. This app provides an experience that feels like you're still using an iPad app while accessing your Mac or PC.

SBlue1
Aug 28, 2013, 01:36 AM
Tested and approved by the NSA. :)

Robert.Walter
Aug 28, 2013, 01:47 AM
This functionality should have been a native ios/osx feature provided by Apple.

nutmac
Aug 28, 2013, 02:06 AM
Parallels Desktop is updated every year at $50 (vs. $65 at most retailers). $80 strikes me as exorbitant, particularly since Parallels Desktop is not included.

Parallels might as well just join the subscription party and offer both OS X and iOS clients at combined $50/year. I realize Apple takes 30% of the in-app purchase, but $80 ($56 after 30%) is just too much.

gpat
Aug 28, 2013, 02:55 AM
Make it $0.99 and I'm sold.

kyjaotkb
Aug 28, 2013, 04:24 AM
Meanwhile on the MS Surface, you still get the Windows Desktop interface

ValSalva
Aug 28, 2013, 04:35 AM
Glad there are alternatives. I prefer VMWare Fusion on my Macs. Though thankfully I need it less and less. Hopefully I won't need it at all if the update to iWork this fall makes Numbers more robust.

CBZinger
Aug 28, 2013, 05:22 AM
Think i will stick to using LogMeIn as it is free and works extremely well ;)

Agreed. AND LMI allows you access up to 5 machines.

Much better deal than Parallels or even SplashTop.

Hey Parallels - stick with what you know to virtualize a desktop and charge a flat price for your product. Bilking your customers with a steep annual fee for something that another company already does for free doesn't sit well.

As Queen Elizabeth said in Shakespeare In Love at the end of the movie...

"Too Late... Too Late!"

Pagemakers
Aug 28, 2013, 05:38 AM
I have the previous FREE Parallels app on my iPad and it seems to work in exactly the same way but without the $$$$ cost.

That said, I never used it.

Logmein instead.

antonis
Aug 28, 2013, 06:00 AM
TeamViewer, and the others, serve as a remote viewer and virtual keyboard & mouse. This app provides an experience that feels like you're still using an iPad app while accessing your Mac or PC.

I see. Ok, by watching the video, this seems to be true. But, still, as a functionality / remote access, it is still under question why use this expensive to buy & (relatively) expensive to subscribe s/w when the core functionality is free from other utilities.

IMO they should keep at least a lower pricing policy.

entropys
Aug 28, 2013, 06:35 AM
subscription? no.

mw360
Aug 28, 2013, 06:36 AM
What is the difference with team viewer which is free (and also available for all platforms) ?

Teamviewer starts at 419 if you're using it for work.

Edgecrusherr
Aug 28, 2013, 06:41 AM
That's really awesome...but WAY too much money!

Parallels have some great engineers and programers, but greedy executives.

paulgarb
Aug 28, 2013, 06:55 AM
I have just installed the trial and I am impressed. The old Parallels Mobile was clever but not easy to use this one makes best use of the iPad interface and is a pleasure to use.
That said I think the annual fee is way too high and that will probably be enough for me to delete it in 14 days.

skaertus
Aug 28, 2013, 06:56 AM
I see that everybody here seems to be complaining about the price and saying that they already use other software that fits them well. However, I'm yet to see somebody here who has actually tested the app before complaining.

Has anybody actually used the app? How is the experience? Is it any different/better/worse than the alternatives?

fhall1
Aug 28, 2013, 06:57 AM
I hate the subscription software model to begin with....and for $80/yr for one computer there's no way. Maybe $12/yr for one computer, or $50/yr for 5 computers....but even then the whole idea of a subscription rubs me the wrong way.

aneftp
Aug 28, 2013, 07:08 AM
The subsciprtion model is not really meant to combat piracy.

It's the general movement of the entire software industry to ensure steady revenue streams.

Microsoft is pushing office subsciprtions as well as Adobe with photoshop.

Software has become so mature, the bigger Office 2013 competitor is still Office 2007/Office 2003/Office 2010. People feel very little need to upgrade software these days. Same with photoshop.

MacRumorUser
Aug 28, 2013, 07:12 AM
I'd have happily paid a sub - but $79 is just ridiculous.

At the end of the day it's your mac - your ipad - your copy of OSX - your copy of windows - your internet you have paid for - or your wifi network...

So what am I paying $79 for ????? What are they doing remotely at their end to justify this price ?????

ticotoo
Aug 28, 2013, 08:10 AM
Watch out folks subscription software. Huge increase in the cost of using software. No way will I use it now. Too bad, it looks like it could be useful.

KindredMAC
Aug 28, 2013, 08:49 AM
I'll stick with iTeleport for me. Works great for what I need and only had to pay for the apps for my iOS and OSX.

Roy Hobbs
Aug 28, 2013, 09:21 AM
I downloaded the app and installed the necessary software on my Mac.
It works great WAY better than LogMeIn or any other I've tried. It did feel more like using an iPad app

BUT, $79 per computer....NO way!

fhall1
Aug 28, 2013, 09:45 AM
I downloaded the app and installed the necessary software on my Mac.
It works great WAY better than LogMeIn or any other I've tried. It did feel more like using an iPad app

BUT, $79 per computer....NO way!

$79 per computer PER YEAR!

gramirez2012
Aug 28, 2013, 10:04 AM
Am I missing something here? Parallels already has an iOS app (free) that lets you control virtual machines from iphone/ipad. :confused:

Weavus
Aug 28, 2013, 10:15 AM
I used the app a bit today and it's VERY good in my opinion, it really is a lot better than VNC/LMI/Splashtop etc due to the native controls and smart zooming which make applications much more usable on an iPad.

However, while I'd certainly pay for the software I wont be paying per machine or a subscription per year.

They also really need to offer a standalone version that does not need to connect to Parallels servers so it can work in a firewalled office environment. I can see them making a lot of money there if they relax the heavy anti-piracy/maximum revenue rubbish.

ncaissie
Aug 28, 2013, 10:48 AM
I see that everybody here seems to be complaining about the price and saying that they already use other software that fits them well. However, I'm yet to see somebody here who has actually tested the app before complaining.

Has anybody actually used the app? How is the experience? Is it any different/better/worse than the alternatives?

Read the post before yours.

pubwvj
Aug 28, 2013, 10:53 AM
Wow! Sounds great... until I got to the $80/year price tag. No deal. $10/year per device would be okay or $100 to buy it and be able to use it on all my iOS and MacOS combinations or $50 for one iOS/MacOS pairing. But subscriptions are not good and one that costs so much is ridiculous. Pass.

Macalway
Aug 28, 2013, 11:35 AM
I just set this up and it seems to work VERY well.

I use Splashtop daily as I have a Mac Mini with the iPad as its monitor/ controls, but this blows it away. I also use a Galaxy note 10.1 with Splashtop on the Mac Mini, as it works with the S pen ( very handy), but this is way beyond even that. What a clever idea. This reminds me of a native Apple app.

I will actually buy this, even though its so expensive, as so far its seems worth it.

Thank God it's easy to set up and they automatically start a trial, without any credit card BS.

Macalway
Aug 28, 2013, 11:49 AM
Another thing worth mentioning is that scrolling in Safari using this is not pleasant. but why would you want to do that anyway? - maybe in a pinch, which would make it doable.

Also, the price tag for this is perhaps, reasonable.

They are are small company, and with piracy and all, they have to ask this much, considering the 'obvious' R&D that must have gone in to this.

swajames
Aug 28, 2013, 01:19 PM
Installed this last night, and I was impressed. It is a very well executed product.

Harrycooke
Aug 28, 2013, 01:54 PM
Mine says I have a 90 day free trial!

NavySEAL6
Sep 16, 2013, 11:10 AM
I'm looking for a Remote Control solution but $80 a year is ridiculous. I want to be able to connect to my Mac from my ipad, or another Mac, or iPhone (this one isn't essential). I'd also like to keep it to 1 solution and as cheap as possible. I like splashtop so $17 a year is acceptable. From what I understand logmein has remote access for free, but their paid version is higher. Can anyone compare these services and advise on what would be best?